Brochure Based Assessments
While assessment questions for IPV may be embedded in self administered medical history forms, asking questions about IPV also needs to be part of the face to face assessment between the provider and patient.
Research shows that using a safety card for assessment and brief counseling for IPV can improve health and safety of women receiving the intervention. In addition, using safety cards can make the process of introducing IPV easier for the provider and the patient and promotes universal education on healthy relationships.
Safety cards can be reviewed with patients in less than one minute.
The HRC offers setting specific safety cards that help providers assess for IPV, offer harm reduction strategies for patients and providers and include resources and referrals. Click here for samples.
The safety card was designed as small, easy to conceal card based on strategies used by domestic violence advocates who are experts on safety planning with IPV victims. It is important to remember it may not be safe for some patients who are currently experiencing abuse to leave the clinic with the card.